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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2005 Nov 19;149(47):2607-12.

[Lifestyle intervention for the prevention of cardiovascular disease].

[Article in Dutch]

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  • 1Afd. Pathologie en Laboratoriumgeneeskunde, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Postbus 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen.


The high cardiovascular disease prevalence in western countries is largely attributable to the contemporary lifestyle. Interventions in the area of nutrition and physical activity have been shown to be effective in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Successful implementation of lifestyle intervention programmes may be just as effective as drug treatment. In combination with drug treatment, intervention in the area of nutrition and physical activity is the recommended treatment for patients at a high risk of cardiovascular disease. Addition of new drugs to those presently available is associated with low absolute risk reductions and high costs, particularly in the presence of successful lifestyle interventions.

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